Dear Property Owner
The County Board of Commissioners, in accordance with the Ohio Revised Code, is required to impose assessments for ongoing maintenance to petition ditch projects. For this reason, you have received a yellow postcard from the Board indicating an assessment cost to your property for drainage improvements. Be advised that the Board will make the required assessment and thereafter suspend collection as part of the resolution authorizing the project. The suspension of collecting assessments is permissible since the Lorain County Storm Water Management District adopted a policy to pay the costs of all County ditch maintenance.
The project is an important community project which was submitted to the District for funding consideration by the Township Trustees. The District has awarded funding for improvements which will enhance drainage, reduce flood and eliminating stagnant water pools. There are no costs to you for these improvements.
Should you have any questions, please contact Don Romancak, at (440) 328-2322.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS for Storm Water District assisted Drainage Projects
WHY DID I RECEIVE NOTICE FROM THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS ON A DRAINAGE PROJECT?
Your property was identified as being within the watershed of a proposed drainage project by the County Engineer. The drainage improvements will provide a benefit to your property. Per ORC 6131 benefitting parcels are to be assessed the cost of the improvement and ongoing maintenance.
WILL I HAVE TO PAY THE ASSESSMENTS SHOWN ON MY CARD?
No. You will not be billed by the County for the assessments shown so long as the Storm Water District has the means to pay for the project and ongoing maintenance.
IF I DO NOT HAVE TO PAY, THEN WHY AM I GETTING THIS NOTICE?
Ohio Revised Code requires that the notices be delivered and that they contain certain information including cost that would be assessed because of the project. Therefore the Board of Commissioners is required to send you the notice with the information contained.
HOW WAS THIS PROJECT DETERMINED TO BE NECESSARY?
The projects are requested by the Township Trustees and submitted as requests for funding. The Districts then has a process to review, rank and award funds for the projects based upon the funds available. The Process includes a review by the Storm Water Advisory Committee – Community Grant Subcommittee. They review and score the applications and bring their findings to the full Storm Water Advisory Committee that reviews and discuss in an open meeting. The SWAC then sends their recommendations on the projects to the Storm Water District Board that approves the project requests.